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Working As A Senior Technical Consultant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Technical Consultant Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Senior Technical Consultant

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Senior Technical Consultant Career Paths

Senior Technical Consultant
Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Director Of Information Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Technology Architect Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Manager Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Technical Director Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Manager Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Technical Manager 4.0 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Systems Developer 3.4 years
Systems Architect 3.2 years
Systems Integrator 3.2 years
Systems Consultant 3.0 years
Senior Consultant 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Senior Architect 2.8 years
Application Lead 2.6 years
ERP Consultant 2.5 years
Staff Consultant 2.5 years
Consultant 2.4 years
Lead Consultant 2.3 years
Oracle Consultant 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.3%
Developer 2.8%
Programmer 2.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.3%

Senior Technical Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

80.6%

Female

16.0%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Asian

19.3%

Hispanic or Latino

8.1%

Unknown

3.6%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

25.0%

French

15.6%

Portuguese

10.9%

Carrier

9.4%

German

6.3%

Turkish

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Norwegian

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Kannada

3.1%

Swedish

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Dutch

1.6%

Konkani

1.6%

Tatar

1.6%

Tamil

1.6%

Finnish

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Senior Technical Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

University of Houston

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

DePaul University

5.0%

New York University

4.6%

Michigan State University

4.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.6%

George Mason University

4.6%

More Tech Institute

4.6%

Purdue University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Villanova University

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

3.5%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.3%

Business

16.3%

Electrical Engineering

8.5%

Information Technology

6.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Engineering

5.2%

Management

4.2%

Computer Applications

3.9%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Finance

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Mathematics

2.3%

Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.1%

Communication

1.7%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.3%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Masters

29.1%

Other

15.7%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

1.6%
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Real Senior Technical Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $187,830 -
$313,050
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $187,830 -
$260,875
Senior Technology Consultant Virtustream Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 28, 2016 $175,000
Senior Technology Consultant Virtustream Inc. Atlanta, GA Aug 23, 2015 $175,000
SR. Curam Technical Consultant Datastaff, Inc. Parkton, NC May 23, 2016 $173,221
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2015 $172,178
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. New York, NY Jun 29, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Technical Consultant CPT Global Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 01, 2015 $166,960 -
$271,310
Senior Consultan, Technologist EMC Corporation Cambridge, MA Aug 17, 2016 $158,950 -
$215,050
Senior Consultant, Technologist EMC Corporation Cambridge, MA Aug 06, 2015 $158,950 -
$215,050
Senior Technical Consultant Gspann Technologies, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 07, 2016 $157,500
SR. Consultant, Technology Risk The Northern Trust Company Chicago, IL Apr 01, 2015 $155,000 -
$165,000
Senior Technical Consultant ATG Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2016 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2015 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant-ATG Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Bruno, CA Jan 27, 2016 $114,800
Senior Technical Consultant Litmus7 Systems Consulting Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 27, 2016 $114,800
Technology Senior Consultant Sap America, Inc. Calhoun, GA Sep 25, 2015 $114,414
Senior Consultant, Technology, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce.Com Deloitte Consulting LLP San Francisco, CA Jul 30, 2015 $114,401 -
$158,000
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Sunnyvale, CA Apr 14, 2016 $114,000
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Sunnyvale, CA Apr 15, 2016 $114,000
Senior Technical Consultant Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. Jersey City, NJ May 05, 2015 $98,904 -
$145,300
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Raritan, NJ Jun 22, 2016 $98,900
Senior Technical Consultant-Integration Specialist Summa Technologies, Inc. Sewickley, PA Dec 02, 2016 $98,821
Senior Technical Consultant Perficient, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Oct 15, 2015 $98,700 -
$108,700
Senior Technical Consultant Larsen & Toubro Infotech Limited Hartford, CT Feb 26, 2016 $98,560
SR. Technical Consultant Automobile Club of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA Mar 03, 2016 $98,400 -
$110,885
Senior Technology Consultant Vocollect, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA Apr 05, 2016 $98,395
Senior Consultant-Technology, Deloitte Digital, Salesforce.Com Deloitte Consulting LLP Denver, CO Jul 30, 2015 $98,177 -
$158,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Technical Consultant

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Top Senior Technical Consultant Skills

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  2. Web
  3. Data Warehouse
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  • Provided customized training for specific client requirements.
  • Work with web development team on IIS5.0/ASP2.0 Platform.
  • Migrated, compiled, and tested the Data Warehouse projects on all the environments before promoting to the production environment.
  • Trained the computer operations staff on Windows NT and R/3 operations.
  • Subject Matter Expert for implementation and account support procedures.

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